Why Are You Here? Reflections on ALA MidWinter #alamw12

This Midwinter was different for me. It is the first one I have attended since returning to school full-time. It means I paid my own way, every penny of it, and I was on my own time. It also means I chose to have my badge just say my name and city and state. This is not my first conference since returning to school, I was at Internet Librarian in October, but MidWinter was markedly different. The first question you are often asked when you meet new people is where you work or what type of library you work in. My response was usually that I wasn't currently working full-time in a library, that Read more [...]

Sign Up For Library Day in the Life Round 8! #libday8

I can't believe it but it's almost time for Round 8 of Library Day in the Life Project! It will run January 30th through February 5th. What is the Library Day in the Life Project? It's a chance to share your day, or week, with other librarians and hopefully the public at large. It started when I come discovered someone had searched “What’s a librarian’s day like” to find my blog so I wrote a blog post suggesting that other librarians and library workers blog what we do all day at work.  Then we (and maybe patrons) could see what we do all day. A second objective is to escape Read more [...]

My Interview on Circulating Ideas

Last month I (finally) had the opportunity to speak to Steve Thomas of Circulating Ideas. We had been trying to get together since April when I first met him at a meeting of the North Georgia Library Association. I've been a big supporter of Steve and Circulating Ideas since it was a twinkle in his eye so of course I was thrilled to finally be on the show.  Visit the site to listen to the Podcast or subscribe via iTunes. Read more [...]

My “Perfect” System for Storing, Organizing, Reading and Annotating PDFs

I have been looking for the perfect pdf reader for a long time. You may remember that earlier this year I returned the Kindle DX after it failed to live up to my requirements. Here is what I was looking for: ability to highlight ability to make notes ability to export those notes & highlights (I like to put them in a Google docs folder so I can search them easily at any time). small & portable, easy to read on a plane or carry around with me. preferably e-ink, but if you can recommend a super awesome program that will work on the PC I’d consider it. If you read the comments Read more [...]

Looking Back: The 5 Most Valuable Lessons I Learned (or Re-Learned) in 2011

I've been thinking about this post for over a month. The one I wrote last year was so well received, and important to me in many ways. This type of post is so much more personal than the content I normally share on this blog, but I think that's a good thing. I almost didn't write this post this year. Many of my lessons learned in 2011 where of the harsh and often brutal kind that aren't really fit for public publication on a professional blog. At the same time I think there is some benefit to taking the rough and ragged things and polishing them up, for both you and me. Things are so hectic, I Read more [...]

9 Reasons Publishers Should Stop Acting Like Libraries Are The Enemy

1. Libraries let people read your books. I know, I know, you think that if it weren't for libraries more people would buy your books, I have bad news for you, if it weren't for libraries people would read less not buy more books. There is no guarantee that the people who read a library copy could, or would, choose to buy your book. Let's face it no one who is willing spend  4 months  on the waiting list for their favorite author is going to buy that hardback copy and probably not the trade paperback or paperback either (have you seen the price of mass market paperbacks lately?). Instead Read more [...]

Penguin Pulls eBooks From Public Libraries Dropping it Down to 1 of the Big 6 Publishers Playing Nice With Libraries

Yesterday the big news online was Penguin Groups decision to withhold new titles from OverDrive, meaning new Penguin titles are no longer available for library patrons to check out. Additionally Penguin has requested that OverDrive no longer allow library patrons to check out existing Penguin titles on Kindle devices and apps. Penguin's Official Statement emphasis added by me Penguin has been a long-time supporter of libraries with both physical and digital editions of our books.  We have always placed a high value on the role that libraries can play in connecting our authors with Read more [...]

What IS a Library?

This week, after tweeting a link to ALA's President Molly Raphael's statement regarding the destruction of the Occupy Wall Street Library in New York City, I became engaged in a conversation on Twitter about what constitutes a library. To me this seems obvious, but I had a hard time coming up with a hard, fast definition. I discovered that, like Justice Stewart, I'm of the know-it-when-I-see-it mindset when it comes to identifying it - a library that is. I am not sure I can define it in terms that reconcile with the statement from ALA. If I say the dissolution or destruction of any library Read more [...]

Two New Library Podcasts You Should be Listening To: Circulating Ideas & Whatever Mathers

There are two new podcasts in libraryland you should be listening to! I know both of these hosts personally and I can't recommend their work enough so check them out! Circulating Ideas Circulating Ideas is a librarian interview podcast hosted by Steve Thomas. Steve has already had some great interviews and I know the line up he has for the rest of this year and next is going to be great. You can follow Circulating Ideas on Twitter @circideas, Facebook, the blog or subscribe via iTunes. Whatever Mathers Whatever Mathers features creative conversations with fabulous host Amy Mather and Read more [...]